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- CE - Friday, April 13th, 2007 : goo

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Before (the law that made French the official language of Quebec), street type indicators such as “street”, “avenue”, “road”, etc. were generally written in English in predominantly English areas and French in predominantly French areas. After the law was passed, it was required that all street signs in the province be in French and French only. Because replacing every offending sign in Quebec would have been a very costly affair, municipal workers were given rolls of white tape and ladders. Echoes of the past can still be seen around English areas of Montreal such as or (where these pictures come from).
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Some of the tape has since become weathered and thin causing the offending English to show through:
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Peter: wow, so subtle... nice find!

Dave: 17th Apr 2016 - 21:54 GMT

I grew up on Benny Avenue.
When I came back for a visit , and viewing the taped up Ave. ,I realized how small the separatist mind can be.
These incredibly small minded people argued over the words smoked meat and pasta on menus .
I get bill 101 , I really do see the need. But man the language police are right out of an Orwellian nightmare.

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